The Children’s Society will call on the government this week to protect 16 and 17 year olds from being victims of sexual crimes. Through their ‘Seriously Awkward’ campaign, The Children’s Society is asking the government to strengthen the law so that 16 and 17 years receive the same legal protection and support as younger children. The national charity identified young females in this age group to be most at risk of sexual exploitation, yet the least protected by the law. "We are going to explore the many ways that 16 and 17 years olds are falling through the gaps," campaigner Andy Soar told Westminster World. "Mostly we are concerned with the laws around sexual exploitation of 16 and 17 year olds, and how they are currently not given the same protections as younger children.